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BWW Reviews: BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE at Delaware Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE at Delaware Theatre Company
by Mark Brainard - Apr 24, 2015

When the title of the musical is followed by 'based on the book/film...', there tends to be one of two reactions- excitement (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MARY POPPINS, RAGTIME) or dread (SISTER ACT, GHOST, CARRIE). And while the Broadway-bound BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE, now playing through May 10th at the Delaware Theatre Company, does not quite reach the level of LA CAGE or RAGTIME, it's hard to resist the feel-good charm bubbling off the stage. (more...)

Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, who recently starred opposite each other in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD, will return to the stage in Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny in St. Louis beginning July 6, just one week after they tie the knot! (more...)

Broadway-Bound BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Extends at Delaware Theatre Company, Thru 5/10Broadway-Bound BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Extends at Delaware Theatre Company, Thru 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Delaware Theatre Company opened the new musical, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, on April 8th,with Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway's LEGALLY BLONDE: the musical), Music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING), and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Broadway's RAGTIME). It has now extended its run at DTC through May 10th. (more...)

MEAN GIRLS Musical to Take 'Shape' by Late Summer?MEAN GIRLS Musical to Take 'Shape' by Late Summer?
by Movies News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

According to Billboard, the highly anticipated musical stage adaptation of the hit film MEAN GIRLS could be finished by late summer. (more...)

Hasty Pudding Institute to Honor Music Executive Clive DavisHasty Pudding Institute to Honor Music Executive Clive Davis
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 honors legendary Music Producer Clive Davis as the 2015 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award. (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge Helms Revamped BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, Beginning Tonight at Delaware Theatre CompanyMarcia Milgrom Dodge Helms Revamped BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, Beginning Tonight at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Delaware Theatre Company will open the new musical, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE this Saturday, with Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway's LEGALLY BLONDE: the musical), Music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING), and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Broadway's RAGTIME). (more...)

BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!
by Maggie Yates - Mar 31, 2015

Santa Barbara high school students bring audiences a range of exciting musicals, including Legally Blonde, Crazy for You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Young Frankenstein. (more...)

Broadway's Tony Honored Dog Trainer Bill Berloni Heading to New TV Reality ShowBroadway's Tony Honored Dog Trainer Bill Berloni Heading to New TV Reality Show
by TV News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Bill Berloni, the recipient of a 2011 Tony Award Honor for Excellence in Theatre, will head to Discovery Family Channel this August to star in a new reality TV series. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

?Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the rolling world premiere of Colossal, a new play by Andrew Hinderaker. DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs the Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award-winning play, which is choreographed by founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Joshua L. Peugh. Colossal begins with previews on Thursday, April 2 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, May 3. (more...)

UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!
by Movies News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

In a new interview with Yahoo, composer Jeff Richmond reveals that the highly anticipated musical stage adaptation of the hit film MEAN GIRLS is finally nearing completion. (more...)

BWW Interviews: John Tartaglia in BUYER AND CELLARBWW Interviews: John Tartaglia in BUYER AND CELLAR
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 17, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed John Tartaglia about his career and current role in George Street Playhouse's 'Buyer and Cellar.' (more...)

THE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary SeasonTHE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Meadow Brook Theatre's 2015-2016 season promises to please with Michigan Premieres, a hilarious comedy, and a nostalgic musical sure to take you on a trip back in time! (more...)

THE EXPLORERS CLUB Runs 3/26-4/19 at Aurora TheatreTHE EXPLORERS CLUB Runs 3/26-4/19 at Aurora Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Prepare for an adventure filled with zany humor, mad science and a touch of gender inequality, oh my! Hilarity unfolds as one woman propels Victorian England's prestigious Explorers Club into a tizzy when she is nominated to join the all-male sanctum! With the potential to uproot the patriarchal foundation of the British Empire, The Explorers Club combines wry humor with cheeky disposition to present a riveting engagement at Aurora Theatre, March 26 - April 19, 2015. With its fast-paced and witty dialogue, the show takes audiences on a journey of juxtaposition of feminine ideals against the oppressive backdrop of conservative 19th century Great Britain. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 4, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. BIC's fall season schedule, plus Theo's 'JCS,' Woodstock's 'Chaperone,' Kokandy's 'Full Monty' and the Paramount's 'Les Mis.' Also four recent contemporary operas, early and late Sondheim comparisons, this month's 'Option Up,!' and Linda Eder and Jessie Mueller hit the suburbs! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Delaware Theatre Company's BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIEPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Delaware Theatre Company's BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

A new Broadway-bound musical based on the award-winning children's novel by Kate DiCamillo, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE is poised to become the first Broadway musical starring a live dog as the main character! A gentle, warm and enthralling story about the intimate friendship between a young girl and her dog, WINN DIXIE shows how the smallest act of kindness can ripple into a celebration of community. Was there a family pet that taught you how to love and forgive? Tickets will sell fast for this show-the only way to guarantee seats is to subscribe. Young and old, alike, will find their lives changed...because of Winn Dixie. Check out a sneak peek at the cast and creatives in rehearsal below! (more...)

Civic Theatre of Allentown to Show GORILLAS IN THE MIST as Part of National Evening of Science on Screen, 3/16Civic Theatre of Allentown to Show GORILLAS IN THE MIST as Part of National Evening of Science on Screen, 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Civic Theatre of Allentown announced today it will take part in the second annual National Evening of Science on Screen on Monday, March 16. (more...)

'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Tour Will Kick Off in Chicago This Fall; IF/THEN, GOTTA DANCE World Premiere & More Coming to the Windy City!'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' Tour Will Kick Off in Chicago This Fall; IF/THEN, GOTTA DANCE World Premiere & More Coming to the Windy City!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced the upcoming 2015-2016 season line-up celebrating Broadway In Chicago's 15th anniversary. The hits just keep on coming to Chicago with the Pre-Broadway World Premiere of GOTTA DANCE and Tony Award-winning musicals A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, CABARET and MATILDA THE MUSICAL plus IF/THEN and DIRTY DANCING. The 2015-2016 season will go on sale Sunday, March 8. (more...)

Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky to Headline DTC's Centerstage 2015 GalaMegan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky to Headline DTC's Centerstage 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Dallas Theater Center announced today Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky will headline Centerstage 2015 on Saturday, May 9. Chaired by Yvette Ostolaza, with Underwriting Chair Kersten Rettig and Honorary Chair Jeanne Marie Clossey, Centerstage 2015 will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, which will be transformed for the evening. (more...)

School of Theatre at Florida State Sets 2015-16 Season: SOME GIRL(S), A CHORUS LINE & MoreSchool of Theatre at Florida State Sets 2015-16 Season: SOME GIRL(S), A CHORUS LINE & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

The School of Theatre at Florida State University has announced its 2015-2016 season. Internationally renowned School of Theatre faculty will team up with the talented students and community members of Tallahassee, FSU alumni, and visiting artists from around the country to present a season that will inspire and entertain audiences throughout the southeast. Through the development and presentation of challenging classic and contemporary work, the School of Theatre at Florida State University continually uses the evolving, live, collaborative art of theatre to develop artists and scholars who have a lifelong passion for the arts. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 12, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Carousel,' 'The King And I' and 'The Merry Widow' at Lyric Opera, and the upcoming season at Porchlight. Plus 'Merman' transfers, 'Mormon' arrives, 'First Wives Club' and 'Gotta Dance' try out, the 'Pride And Prejudice' reading moves, Quest Theatre mounts two, Pasek and Paul's 'Peach,' Bailiwick's 'Wonderful Town,' the Mosh Pit in the Tribune and more honors for Jessie Mueller! Whew! (more...)

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